Trump Budget Would Take Medicaid Away From People, Nationwide, Who Don’t Meet Work Requirements

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President Trump’s new budget would take Medicaid coverage away from adults nationwide if they don’t meet a work requirement, which the Kaiser Family Foundation’s prior estimates show could cost 1.4 million to 4 million people, if not more, their coverage. The proposal doubles down on the Administration’s unprecedented approval of state work requirement policies, and it comes in the face of new evidence of these policies’ harm. In Arkansas, the first state to implement such a policy, more than 1 in 5 people subject to the work requirement lost their Medicaid coverage in the first seven months that it was in effect.

The Administration estimates that the proposal would cut federal Medicaid spending by $130 billion over ten years. That would translate into about 1.7 million people losing Medicaid coverage starting in 2021, based on average federal Medicaid spending for an adult enrolled through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. And the losses could be even higher: imposing Medicaid work requirements nationwide would cause 1.4 million to 4.0 million people to lose coverage, according to Kaiser estimates that assumed a smaller share of people would lose coverage than has happened so far in Arkansas.

The vast majority of Medicaid beneficiaries are working or have significant barriers to work. Taking coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement would cause many low-income adults to lose health coverage, including people who are working or can’t work due to mental illness, opioid or other substance use disorders, or serious chronic physical conditions, but who cannot overcome bureaucratic hurdles to document that they either meet work requirements or qualify for an exemption from them.

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